fat dog breeds

Discover the top 14 dog breeds that are most susceptible to weight gain and learn how to ensure they maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Dachshunds, known as 'weenie dogs', need careful diet control due to their long bodies and susceptibility to joint issues.

English Bulldogs

Adorable but prone to obesity, English Bulldogs require a strict diet as their short noses limit exercise options.


Boxers, often hyperactive, are susceptible to hyperthyroidism, leading to weight gain. Regular vet checks are crucial.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers can become lazy and overweight due to sedentary lifestyles, despite their athletic nature.


Prone to hyperthyroidism, Rottweilers need a controlled diet to prevent obesity and related health issues.


often lap dogs, are at risk of obesity due to low activity levels and proximity to human food.

Scottish Terriers

Scottish Terriers can sneakily gain weight under their long hair. Regular weight checks are essential.


Corgis may look plump but need to maintain a healthy weight to avoid spinal issues, mirroring their owners' activity levels.

English Mastiffs

Massive English Mastiffs can easily become obese due to overfeeding, leading to digestive issues and gassiness.


Pugs, cute but prone to breathing issues, should not be overfed as it exacerbates their health problems.

Basset Hounds

Basset Hounds will eat continuously if allowed, leading to obesity. Controlled feeding is key.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers often become obese due to lack of exercise, despite their active nature.


Newfoundlands, naturally large, can become obese due to overfeeding and lack of exercise.

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are prone to weight gain, especially post-neutering. Adjust diet and exercise as they age.